Arts and Entertainment Azealia Banks, first mermaid of hip-hop, is to headline Lovebox 2013 with Plan B and Goldfrapp

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Pop: V&A vibes

NITIN SAWHNEY V&A MUSEUM LONDON

CLUB OF THE WEEK

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Pop: It's a jungle out there

From dancefloors to TV ads, drum'n'bass has been the soundtrack to the Nineties. Now it's being written off as dead and buried. But is that just because the critics can't keep pace?

Clubs; CLUB OF THE WEEK

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Music: Revolting middle age

If you've ever wondered what became of pop's rebellious streak, you'll search in vain among today's youth. Instead, check out two fiftysomething iconoclasts from America - Terry Allen and Johnny Dowd.

Album Releases

REVIEWED BY ANDY GILL

Music: Goodbye gangsta, bonjour Derrida

DJ Spooky knows his post-structuralists. As any hip-hop producer should.

POP/JAZZ: ALBUM REVIEWS

dEUS `The Ideal Crash' (Island) Following the excellent new album by Wilco, these quirky Belgians spring a surprise on their third CD by largely eschewing their chaotic indie pop moments, delivering a great and more mature album that even has a country-rock track. Warm but still deliciously wicked. HHHH

JAZZ: The bossest nova

Vinicius Canturia, Bugge Wesseltoft

First Night: Getting a laugh out of death

Bruce Morton, Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

Clubs: New year's eve clubbing

If you want to know about the best New Year's Eve gigs, then check out this week's "50 Best" feature, which lists 20 of the most promising. But in a busy week in clubland, even those cannot cover all the stand- out events on offer, which include Space 1999 @ The Mint in Leeds, where you can judge if Basics still throw the best parties in the city.

Music: America the beautiful

No more Britpop in '98. Not many Australian soap stars either. As for `distaff distorto grunge-victims', well, they've seen better days. No, 1998 was the year in which American pop began a heady renaissance. The evidence? Our critics' choice of 10 CDs of the year

Shopping: I want...A funky pair of headphones - The route to a secret world of sound

Not everybody appreciates the importance of quality headphones. Some people hold "cans" in such contempt that they would never consider owning a set, were it not for the proliferation of the personal stereo, which, of course, comes equipped with "free" ones. These people are unlikely to have ever experienced the trainspottery buzz of putting on a new CD and being delighted by the discovery that a seemingly two-dimensional song played on a cheap stereo unfurls into virtual stage play when headphones are worn. Take the intro to Timbaland's new album, for instance, wherein you find yourself strolling alongside - and having the same blushing perspective as - vocalist TK Kirkland as he observes that the woman walking ahead of him has a great future behind her.

The 50 best: Sound investments from a record year

More CDs, records and tapes are sold in the month before Christmas than at any other time of the year. Most, of course, are intended as presents - but what to buy? Here, The Independent's team of music critics picks over the best of the year's releases - from rock and pop to classical and opera, via dance, hip hop, reggae, jazz, roots and blues - and offers suggestions for further listening. Just press play ...

Thursday Book: Professor of the unpopular

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